Submit your FAFSA
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) determines your eligibility for many federal, state, institutional and private scholarships and grants. So even if you think your income is too high, it's always best to apply.
When to begin searching
The best time to start looking for scholarships and grants is during your sophomore or junior year of high school, but some opportunities may still be available for high school seniors and college students.
Begin with your own contacts
First, consider your interests, hobbies, jobs, and affiliations (and those of your parents), and begin your search in your own hometown. Check with your high school, clubs, service organizations or wherever you have demonstrated special talents and hard work. Find out if your parents' employers offer any educational benefits.
You may be offered a scholarship through the Office of Admissions simply by applying to MSU. Current MSU students may also:
- Contact their academic department or use MSU's online scholarship search tool to find potential scholarship and assistantship opportunities.
- Check our scholarship list, where we post notice of outside scholarships as we become aware of them.
- Check our special information page for links related to study abroad, athletics, students with children, etc. Students in these situations may have unique scholarships available to them.
Participating in ROTC while at MSU can help pay for your educational costs. See the following links for more information.
Scholarship search services
Expand your search by using online scholarship search services such as those listed below. Remember that you will need to submit your application materials directly to the awarding organization and meet all their requirements and deadlines.
Watch for scams!
- MSU does not endorse any scholarship service that charges a fee.
- Be wary of companies that guarantee results. No company can guarantee that you will get a scholarship.
Additional scholarship resources
- Accounting - MSU Department of Accounting and Information Systems
- Education - MSU College of Education
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation
- Hispanic Student's Guide to Making College Affordable
- Kalamazoo Promise
- Labor Union Scholarships
- Native American Institute
- Pride Scholarship (MSU)
- Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (MSU)
- State of Michigan Financial Aid Programs
- United Negro College Fund
- Women's Resource Center